Small Museum Gems
Paris has a wealth of museums, some of which don’t get anywhere near the attention given the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay—and that’s a good thing for those eager to contemplate art without the crowds. One enchanting little museum is Musée National Gustave Moreau
, the former home and studio of the 19th-century symbolist painter, located in Pigalle. His apartment is chock-full of family memorabilia, while the impressive upstairs displays large-scale works such as Les Chimères, a masterpiece depicting a forest scene whose muted colors make it look more like a tapestry than a painting. The Musée de Montmartre
, located on a quiet side street not far from Sacré-Coeur, was a onetime meeting place and residence of Impressionist painters and recalls the neighborhood’s past as an enclave for entertainers and artists. It has a room dedicated to the French cancan and works by Toulouse-Lautrec and Modigliani. One of Paris’s most unique museums, the Musée Dapper
in the 16th arrondissement, specializes in African and Caribbean art and showcases photographs, paintings, and sculpture by notable artists such as Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow.